Workplace safety is essential for the day-to-day function of a company, as well as overall employee wellbeing. Depending on your type of business, the types of safety procedures and tips may vary. Are you aware of the safety procedures, hazards, and policies necessary to keep your specific workplace safe? Here are 5 tips we commonly recommend to clients across various industries.
1. Always Wear Personal Protective Equipment
Whether it be company policy or common sense, it’s important to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times. Wearing equipment such as goggles, proper footwear, safety vests, and helmets within workspaces is important. PPE can help ensure personal safety and decrease vulnerability of potential mishaps and injury.
2. Ensure Workspaces are Ergonomically Arranged
Frequent, repetitive motions can often lead to Musculoskeletal Disorders. Symptoms of these disorders include stiff joints, dull aches and pains, and reduced range of motion. Creating an ergonomically-friendly workspace can be simple. For example, you can adjust the height of chairs and computer screens in office spaces or break down large and heavy jobs into smaller, fragmented tasks.
3. Always Survey Before Operating Machinery
Big or small, industrial machinery of any kind and size should be surveyed before use. Checking for missing or loose parts and unusual functionalities regularly can keep workers safe. This will allow peace of mind that equipment is working and in good condition.
4. Keep Workspaces Clean and Free of Unnecessary Clutter
Messes and disorganization can often go unnoticed within workspaces. Keeping areas free of clutter and spills ensures nothing gets in the way of employees trying to do their job. Placing mats on slippery floors can also help prevent the likelihood of slips and falls.
5. Establish Strong Safety Policies and Procedures
Employees should be aware of company safety policies and procedures at all times. This can include emergency procedures, day-to-day policies, and potential hazards. These measures should be displayed clearly in an area of which all employees have access.
There are many ways you can keep your workplace and employees safe from hazard and injury. For more information on how you can ensure safety within workspaces, contact our professionals at EHS Management for help. We offer specialized health and safety services for manufacturing, agricultural, and educational fields.